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Twenty-five high school students living in Washtenaw County serve on Youth Council and award over $85,000 in grants each year to support youth programs and services throughout Washtenaw County.

Due to COVID-19, the Youth Council is currently scaling back activities. Site visits and group service projects will not be taking place at this time and all meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. We will revisit this arrangement periodically and only return to in person when it is safe to do so.


Please contact our Youth Council Advisor, Maryellen Ferro, Community Investment Officer at or call (734) 663-0401 x116.

To be eligible to apply for a position on the Youth Council a student must:

  • be entering 9th,10th or 11th grade in the fall of the application year (priority will be given to 9th and 10th graders)
  • live in Washtenaw County
  • attend 1-2 monthly meetings ranging from 3-8 hours in length (held on Sundays) via Zoom and/or at the Community Foundation Office in Downtown Ann Arbor from September -May
  • participate in an interview in September
  • participate in foundation wide events as needed
  • attend site-visits, team building activities, and volunteering opportunities (Due to COVID-19, these activities will not be taking place until further notice)
  • review, score, and provide insight into between 20-30 grant applications each year (outside of meeting times)
  • be willing to commit their time. Please see the sample calendar for a better idea of what is expected.

*If getting to any events or meetings related to the Youth Council is an issue, transportation will be covered by AAACF.

2022-2023 Youth Council Members

  • Austin Andrews
  • Arsalan Alavi
  • Saishruti Attili
  • Celia Begosso
  • Jai Brackenbury
  • Elsa Garred
  • Yeina Han
  • Kriya Jaiganesh
  • Tillie Klein
  • Karishma Mathew
  • Ayesha Nadeem
  • Amita Nathan
  • Lucia Page Sander
  • Ella Racette
  • Neil Sachdeva
  • Grace Sharon
  • Yash Srivastava
  • Evan Sucarski
  • Yasien Taher
  • Alden Tewsley
  • Val von Rutte
  • Anthony Yang
  • Paige Zauel
  • Nicole Zhong
  • Manha Zubair


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